Baseball’s postseason is underway again, and for the third year in a row, the Dodgers won their division and are in the playoffs. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch for Game 1 of the National League Division Series Friday at 6:45pm.
Tens of thousands of fans will head to Dodger Stadium to watch. They will clap. They will drink beer. They will eat a lot of Dodger dogs.
And if the team does well, the stadium will need even more Dodger dogs, right?
So how does that work?
Casey Regan is the Senior Brand Manager for Farmer John and the grandson of the company's founder. Regan's in charge of dinner meats, which includes hot dogs, smoked sausages and the beloved Dodger dog.
"Everyone thinks it's a twelve-inch hot dog," he said. "It's actually ten inches."
Regan says Farmer John has prepped for the Dodgers postseason run for weeks now and is stocked with enough hot dogs to serve fans all the way to the World Series, should the Dodgers be so fortunate.
"Filling the Dodger orders are never a big issue for us, because we're produced locally," said Regan. "The retail business right now is slow, so we're able to devote more time to our food service product."
A friendly wager
You know when mayors and governors make bets when their respective sports teams are in the playoffs — like when LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck bet NYPD’s William Bratton a pastrami sandwich at Langer’s, or how California Gov. Jerry Brown bet New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo a bag of rice cakes (really?) over last year's Stanley Cup Final?
It's called a friendly political wager, apparently — there's even a Wikipedia entry for it — and we're getting in the fray: Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson has put a note pad from the Los Angeles County Coroner's gift shop on the line if the Mets win.
And if the Dodgers win, WNYC's Jay Cowit will send Los Angeles what we maybe need more than anything: a bottle of water.